Adding Spark To Your Solar Panels: Is It Worth Getting A Battery?

Solar panels are a wonderful addition to your home and provide you with a way of using sustainable energy and reducing your carbon footprint.

However, one of the main issues with this type of power is that it’ll only generate energy when the sun is shining.

A viable solution to this is to add a solar battery which gives you the opportunity to store any excess power and use it at a later date. But since these batteries can cost thousands of pounds, many homeowners are left wondering whether the investment is worth it.

In this post, I’d like to discuss some of the benefits of installing a solar battery to help you make a more informed decision.

The Benefits Of A Solar Battery

There are so many benefits to upgrading your solar panels via the addition of a battery. Yes, this will require another investment but it’s one that will serve you for many years to come.

Make The Most Of Your Solar Panel System

I know you’ll have paid a good amount of money to have your solar panels installed so getting the most use out of them is going to be a priority.

Since solar panels rely on energy from the sun, they’ll only work during daylight hours. This means that, at night, you’ll need to continue to use energy from the grid.

But with a solar battery, you can use your solar panels no matter the light conditions outdoors. Consider that, in the UK, it can start to get dark as early as 4 pm in the winter and this is a lot of lost time to waste.

Your solar panels will continue to generate power for your home during the day at the same time as charging and storing excess power in your battery. When the sun goes down, that excess power is slowly outputted, allowing you to carry on using your appliances in a sustainable manner.

Have An Energy Back Up

Since a lot of homes are still connected to the grid and use this in combination with their solar panels, there is the risk of a power outage.

I don’t think there’s anything more frustrating than having to wait for the power to come back on but with solar batteries that will be a thing of the past.

When everyone else is sitting in the dark, unable to use their devices and appliances, you’ll happily continue powering your home thanks to the excess energy stored in your battery.

They Last A Long Time

While solar batteries do require a sizable initial investment, this isn’t something you’ll have to pay for again for a long time.

Most solar batteries are designed to have a lifespan of up to 15 years which means they’ll only need to be replaced once during the life of your solar panels.

Save More On Your Energy Bills

A primary reason that people install solar panels is so that they can save money on their energy bills.

Don’t get me wrong, you will see a decrease in your monthly bills by using your solar panels in the day but wouldn’t it be amazing to save even more?

This is quite possible with a solar battery as most UK homes use the majority of their energy at night. You’ll be out at work for most of the day and, even if you’re at home, you likely won’t use things like lighting.

With all of that power being used once the sun goes down, having a solar battery will save you a considerable amount of money and help you to break even on your investment.

Further Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Staying with the point of using a lot of energy in the evening, is also a great way to further reduce your carbon footprint.

It’s reported that the manufacture of solar panels generates 20 times less carbon compared to coal-powered energy sources. If for no other reason, saving the planet is a great incentive to consider solar batteries and capitalise on this.

Installation Benefits

One of the great things about choosing a solar battery is that you don’t need to rip out your current solar panel system to install it.

While it is possible to install a battery alongside a new solar panel system, it’s just as easy to add one to your existing system.

Low Maintenance

Finally, you have to consider that, once your solar batteries are installed, you can just get on with your life.

They require very little maintenance and, as I mentioned earlier, don’t need replacing for well over a decade. The most you’ll have to do is keep the battery clean which takes no time at all.

It’s simply a matter of setting the battery and enjoying the sustainable energy it stores. What’s more, all solar batteries come with a generous warranty so, in the event that anything goes wrong, you won’t be without your back up for long.

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